I recently talked about tips for dealing with expensive winter trips in Colorado. I wanted to follow up with the ski trip that I did take this winter, to Beaver Creek, in the town of Avon, Colorado – a few minutes drive from Vail.
I’m a little late for winter, but Avon is actually host of a number of summer festivals and events that will no doubt tempt your fancy to find out why travellers enjoy the Rocky Mountains just as much in the summer as winter. Here’s an overview.
Winter is all about the ski, snow, snowboard, snowshoe, cross-country ski, and… well – isn’t that enough? Honestly, the variety and extensiveness of Beaver Creek’s ski runs is fantastic – and makes up for the price of lift tickets. What’s nice is that there’s even a “ski park” section where snowshoe and cross-country skiers can enjoy their own trails out of the way of downhill skiers. I also loved the variety of warming huts and on-mountain amenities like restaurants, since it is pretty easy to get far off from your accommodation.
As far as the difficulty of the runs, there is a variety, but for advanced skiers you’ll be pleased to know there are some fantastic hardcore runs. My suggestion for all skiers, though, is to sit down and plan out your day – with so many options of terrain and transportation, I think it’s good to have an idea of a few general areas to explore, at least on your first day, so you’re spending your time skiing instead of looking at maps.
What people don’t often consider is a summer trip to Colorado. The beer is cold, the skies are always blue, and the mountains make for fantastic hiking and other fresh air activities. But the state doesn’t rely on Mother Nature for all its fun – they roll out a robust program of fun summer events in every town, large or small. Beaver Creek has a few noteworthy summer events, including:
The two main features of Beaver Creek available year-round are the tasty libations and fresh cuisine. Cima is one of the more famous restaurants in the area, a Richard Sandoval restaurant found at the Westin. But there’s also a local well-known option, Ticino, where the pizzas arrive piping hot.
You don’t have to go far, though, for the drinks, whether you’re up for a Colorado beer or a champagne cocktail. For a nice glass of wine and all the accompaniments, I suggest you head over to Vin 48, a wine bar/restaurant with quite the collection.
For lodging, I was a guest of the Westin Beaver Creek, which was beyond comfortable and very well suited for both skiers as well as those whose idea of a ski holiday is sitting by a fireplace with an aperitif. Beavercreek.com lists hotels and resorts to suit all budgets. My parting advice is to plan well ahead to have the best choice of accommodation and make arrangements for flights, transport, etc.
Photo credits: Ashleigh Nushawg & Andy Hayes
Posted : Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at 11:00
Andy Hayes is based in sunny Portland, Oregon. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he works on his own lifestyle publication, Plum Deluxe.